Who should buy the Fresh Foam Beacon
The New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon is a neutral running shoe that’s made for the roads and for a variety of activities like speed training and racing. This shoe is ideal for you if:
- You are a neutral pronator looking for a shoe that is compatible with all-day wear
- You want a cushioned long-distance running shoe that fits any type of footstrike pattern
Updates to the New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon
- Engineered knit upper for a lightweight yet secure coverage
- Fresh Foam underfoot cushioning in a full-length build to efficiently carry the foot throughout the running session
- Blown rubber outsole that is strategically placed on high-wear areas for increased durability
Sufficient surface traction with the Fresh Foam Beacon
Blown rubber is the material that’s used in the outsole unit of the New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon. It’s only placed in areas that are most prone to wear, specifically the lateral side of the heel and the medial side of the forefoot. Its tasks are to protect against damage and to provide surface traction.
The rest of the outsole is comprised of ground-contact foam. The textured surface heightens grip while shallow grooves enable flexibility.
A soft and springy ride from Fresh Foam
The Fresh Foam cushioning unit composes the midsole of the New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon. This full-length material offers a soft and springy ride. And though it looks like it has a substantial thickness, it doesn’t hold a lot of weight. This material is also present in the midsole of the NB Zante series and other popular New Balance running shoes.
This midsole foam offers a featherweight feel while effectively dispersing landing impact. This foam is lighter than the usual midsole foam and aims to provide long-lasting cushioning throughout the run.
An adaptable upper coverage
The engineered knit upper offers a soft and breathable wrap. This material is also lightweight. It’s capable of bending with the foot, thereby facilitating an in-shoe experience that adapts to the gait cycle.
The overlay system is made of synthetic prints that bolster some sections of the upper, namely the eyelets and the sides. These thin add-ons help in maintaining the structural integrity of the façade.
The tongue and collar of the New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon are padded. These parts of the shoe are responsible for holding the foot in place and preventing it from wobbling or exiting the foot-chamber accidentally. They also offer additional cushioning for comfort.
The shoe has a lace-up closure, which offers the foot a secure, comfortable lockdown. Runners can easily adjust the laces to achieve the right fit. There are extra eyelets to further secure the midfoot.